The Chairman of South Cambridgeshire District Council, Cllr Tony Orgee, is urging everyone to take part in Alzheimerâ€™s Research UKâ€™s Big Walk in the county on Sunday 13 May. The UKâ€™s leading dementia research charity, based in Great Shelford, aims to raise Â£50,000 for pioneering dementia research.
Hundreds of people are expected to join in the nine mile circular Big Walk, which starts in the picturesque village of Comberton. Walkers will enjoy exploring peaceful country lanes and an off-road ramble, following tracks through fields and country paths, alongside beautiful woodland areas.
Cllr Orgee talked about his motivation for supporting Alzheimerâ€™s Research UKâ€™s Big Walk:
â€œThis is a Big Walk with a very important focus â€“ to raise desperately needed funds for research into Alzheimerâ€™s disease and other forms of dementia. Dementia is a devastating condition affecting not just the individual but their families and a far wider network of people.
â€œWe are fortunate to have the UKâ€™s leading dementia research charity based here in Cambridgeshire. It is essential that new treatments are found and Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK is working hard to achieve that goal.
â€œThe route for the Big Walk passes through beautiful countryside in South Cambridgeshire. I would encourage everyone to join in to help Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK raise money to progress its crucial research.â€
Miranda Mays, Community Fundraising Manager for Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK, added:
â€œItâ€™s brilliant to have Cllr Orgeeâ€™s backing for our Big Walk, helping us achieve our aim of raising Â£50,000. This amount will pay for an entire pilot research project, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure dementia.
â€œWeâ€™re delighted with the support weâ€™ve received so far and thereâ€™s still time for people to sign up to take part or come along as a volunteer. We rely entirely on our wonderful supporters to fund our vital research and we hope everyone in Cambridgeshire and beyond will join us to help defeat dementia.
â€œThere are 820,000 people across the UK living with dementia today, including over 6,000 people in Cambridgeshire alone. Numbers are forecast to rise substantially in the next generation and research is the only answer.â€
Alzheimerâ€™s Research UKâ€™s Big Walk starts at 10am on Sunday 13 May, at Comberton Village College, West Street, Comberton CB23 7DU. To take up the challenge telephone 01223 843899 or emailÂ firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is Â£15 for adults and Â£7.50 for under 18s. More information is also available online atÂ www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/big-walk
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